Embedded silicon options have become quite robust. 32-bit network-enabled “intelligent” systems are now the norm. This opens up countless opportunities for cool, new embedded devices, which are powerful and connected. But the state-of-the-art in embedded software development still emphasizes quick time-to-market versus elegance. What keeps me awake at night are the risks introduced by mixing rushed programmers and powerful processors embedded everywhere. This talk will introduce some of the issues, and the Yocto Project tools that address them.